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FRIDAY, NOV. 3 Tallest Christmas Tree Arrival 6:30 a.m. Outlets North Phoenix 4250 W. Anthem Way, Anthem
7 p.m. Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix 602-534-5600, www.pccticketing.com $39–$89
Various showtimes Arizona Broadway Theatre 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria 623-776-8400, www.azbroadway.org $35–$131 A musical comedy inspired by Joseph from the Bible Book of Genesis, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1 Bullet for My Valentine 7:30 p.m. The Van Buren 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix 480-659-1641, www.livenation.com $37–$178 Live in concert with special guests Of Mice & Men and Vended.
A two–day country music festival inspired by the Southwestern spirit of Arizona, featuring live performances by Midland, Margo Price, Luke Grimes, Hailey Whitters and more.
FRIDAY, NOV. 3 First Friday 5–8 p.m. The Shops at Norterra 2450 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix 480-685-6157 www.theshopsatnorterra.com/ff Free
A live orchestra plays the score and soundtrack alongside a live viewing of the Academy Award-winning film.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1– SAT URDAY, NOV. 4 ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
623-465-9500 www.northphoenixoutlets.com Free Watch as the 70-foot-long tree arrives on a giant truck at 6:30 a.m. followed by Santa riding in a Daisy Mountain fire truck. See it hoisted into place with an industrial crane at 7:45 a.m., weather permitting.
FRIDAY, NOV. 3– SAT URDAY, NOV. 4 Dreamy Draw Music Festival 1–11 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale 480-499-8587 www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org $85–165/Single day admission;
An outdoor auto show with live music and exclusive happy hour deals.
FRIDAY, NOV. 3 Stargazing at Lake Pleasant 6–8 p.m. Lake Pleasant Regional Park 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road Morristown 602-506-2930 www.maricopacountyparks.net $7/Vehicle Spend the evening learning about astronomy from the park ranger, viewing a selection of celestial objects through a telescope, including nebulae and star clusters, and identifying constellations by laser pointer. Registration required.
FRIDAY, NOV. 3– SUNDAY, NOV. 5 Luna del Lago Festival Various admission times Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria www.lunadellagofestival.com $55–$59 A new, three-day music and camping festival at the lake, organized by Last Exit Live and Apache Lake Music Festival. Live musical performances, including The Black Moods, Sydney Sprague, Groovesession and Las Chollas Peligrosas. See full schedule online.
FRIDAY, NOV. 3– SUNDAY, NOV. 5 Beethoven’s Fifth & Magnificent Mendelssohn Various showtimes The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 75 N. Second St., Phoenix 602-495-1999 www.phoenixsymphony.org $35–$115 Guest conductor Vinay Parameswaran leads the orchestra through Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and guest violinist Alena Baeva joins for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
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Check out some cool cars from the community and local vendor booths.
SAT URDAYS, NOV. 4–25 Arrowhead Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Arrowhead Towne Center 7780 W. Arrowhead Towne Center Glendale 602-703-7154 www.getlocalarizonaevents.com/ saturdaymarket Free admission Check out different vendors each week ranging from fresh produce to handmade crafts. See full list of participants online.
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SAT URDAY, NOV. 4 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship 9:45 a.m.–7 p.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale
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SAT URDAY, NOV. 4 USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience 1–4 p.m. High Street 5415 E. High St., Phoenix 480-319-9700 https://tinyurl.com/5aypvnk2 $65/General admission; $100/VIP admission Live culinary demonstration from MasterChef Season 10 winner Dorian Hunter, floral arrangement demonstration by distinguished florist Laura Dowling, and food and drink samples from trendy local restaurants.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 4 Esteban 7 p.m. Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix 602-534-5600, www.ticketmaster.com $141–$277 The legendary guitarist performs live.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 4 Phillip Phillips 8 p.m. The Van Buren 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix 480-659-1641, www.livenation.com $27–$77 Live in concert with special guest Jonah Kagen.
SUNDAYS, NOV. 5 & 19 Anthem Market in the Park 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Anthem Community Park 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. Anthem 623-742-6050 www.onlineatanthem.com Free An outdoor retail shopping event hosted by the Anthem Community Council and the Market on 41st.
SUNDAY, NOV. 5 Wildlights for Wildlife 5–10 p.m. The Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix 602-286-3800, www.phoenixzoo.org $500/Vehicle An exclusive sneak peek at the Cruise Zoolights experience with proceeds benefiting the 3,000
animals that call the zoo home, plus local and international wildlife conservation initiatives.
SUNDAY, NOV. 5 Howie Mandel 7 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-782-2680, www.ticketmaster.com $44–$78 The television host personality performs live stand-up comedy.
MONDAY, NOV. 6 Cruise Zoolights 5:30–10:30 p.m. The Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix 602-286-3800, www.phoenixzoo.org $150/Nonmember vehicle; $135/Member vehicle
Sting performs at the Arizona Financial Theatre Monday, Oct. 9.
A special opportunity to drive through the zoo to experience a brand new, immersive 200-footlong tunnel, the zoo’s three-story Christmas tree and lots of holiday treats.
FRIDAY, NOV. 10– SUNDAY, NOV. 19 ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ Various showtimes Banzerini House 42407 N. Vision Way, Suite 106 Phoenix 818-568-9908 www.banzerinihouse.org $25 A live rendition of the classy Disney tale of Belle and the Beast, performed by local youth actors ages 4–14.
FRIDAY, NOV. 10– SUNDAY, NOV. 12 Acoustic America 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 480-478-6000, www.mim.org $7/Add on with paid museum admission; $10/Exhibit only for ages 20 and up; $4/Exhibit only for ages 4–19; Free/Ages 3 and under Experience the stories and culture behind America’s most iconic folk, blues and bluegrass instruments with special crafts, instrument workshops, photo booths, live demonstrations, curator talks and gallery tours.
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orterra Canyon School third grader Carter Cunnius knows first-had how a new toy can make a child’s day a little brighter during a lengthy hospital stay.
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At age 8, Carter is already a cancer survivor and he’s on a mission to bring a smile to kids facing health battles by hosting a toy drive for the patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
FRIDAY, NOV. 10 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 8 p.m. ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe 480-965-3434, www.ticketmaster.com $49–$179 Live in concert.
While undergoing treatment for leukemia, he was gifted a lot of new toys, some of which he never even opened because there were times he was too ill to want to play, says his mom, Marie. When he realized the amount of unopened toys he had while recovering at home, Carter told his mom he wanted to take them back to the hospital and donate them so that other kids could enjoy them. With the help of his mom and his former first grade teacher Robin Roach, he’s successfully hosted a toy drive for the
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FRIDAY, NOV. 10– SUNDAY, NOV. 12 Arizona State Card Show
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FRIDAY, NOV. 10– SAT URDAY, NOV. 11 AZ Pinners Conference 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 480-312-6815 https://az.pinnersconference.com $12/Admission; $19–49/Class pass with admission; $10/Parking Over 100 different Pinterestbased classes and exhibit booths featuring DIY projects, cooking, self care, photography, scrapbooking, beauty, fashion and more.
FRIDAY, NOV. 10– SUNDAY, NOV. 12 Body Art Expo Various admission times WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
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FRIDAY, NOV. 10– SUNDAY, NOV. 19 ‘Disney’s Aladdin Jr.’
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Various showtimes Desert Foothills Theater 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale 480-488-1981, www.dftheater.org $25
6 p.m. Arizona Financial Theatre 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix 602-379-2888, www.livenation.com $32–$52
Based on the Academy Awardwinning animated film and 2014 hit Broadway musical version, local youth actors, ages 10–16, perform the classic tale of Aladdin and Jasmine.
FRIDAY, NOV. 10– SAT URDAY, NOV. 11 Water Lantern Festival 3–7 p.m. Kiwanis Lake 5203 S. Ash Ave., Tempe www.waterlanternfestival.com/tempe $35.99–$55.99 Design your own floating lantern to launch out onto the lake. Plus, food trucks and live music.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 11 Dino Day 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Arizona Boardwalk 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale 480-951-2100, www.azboardwalk.com Free Interactive dinosaur shows with meet and greet opportunities, live reptiles, dino–themed inflatables,
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FRIDAY, NOV. 1 7 Art Affaire face painting, a Jurassic Park motor pool, prehistoric talks by experts and more.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 11– SUNDAY, NOV. 12 Phoenix Pizza Fest 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday Margaret T. Hance Park 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix 602-534-2406, www.phoenix.pizza $16 Sample pies from over 20 Valley pizza makers and enjoy live music from local bands, lawn games, kid’s activities and local market vendors.
SUNDAY, NOV. 12 Pup Fest 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Arizona Boardwalk 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale 480-951-2100, www.azboardwalk.com Free A social event for dogs and their people with fun activities including dog races, photo opportunities, an agility course, a dog gym, pawdicures, a bone bar, trick contests, adoption opportunities and more. Proceeds benefit the AZ Humane Society.
T UESDAY, NOV. 14– SUNDAY, NOV. 19 ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Various showtimes
5–7 p.m. The Finer Arts Gallery 6137 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 480-488-2923 www.thefinerartsgallery.com Free Explore the latest works of over 50 professional Arizona artists specializing in ceramics, glass, wood, jewelry, paintings, photography and more.
FRIDAY, NOV. 1 7– SUNDAY, NOV. 19 26th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday & Saturday; 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 800-777-1258 www.good-guys.com/swn $20–$25/General admission Friday or Saturday; $15–$22/General admission Sunday The Goodguys annual car show returns for a weekend full of hot rods and classic cars. Plus, a “Duel in the Desert” autocross show, a Nitro Thunderfest dragster exhibition, a burn-out competition, a swap meet and a kid’s zone. .
FRIDAY, NOV. 1 7– SAT URDAY, DEC. 30 ‘White Christmas’ Various showtimes Arizona Broadway Theatre 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria 623-776-8400, www.azbroadway.org $35–$131 A festive Christmas tale of a military veteran song-and-dance duo traveling on a romantic pursuit for a stunning sister act.
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Follow the Star at Cross of Christ 5:30–8:30 p.m. Cross of Christ Church 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. Anthem 623-551-9851 www.anthemcross.org/star Free admission
Live stand-up comedy on the “Perfectly Shattered” tour.
Live reenactments of the Christmas Story, bounce houses, petting zoo, music, crafts and food. Visit the website to reserve your spot in advance and find out details about a toy drive benefiting foster children and how to help with donations.
6–8 p.m. Desert Ridge Marketplace 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix 480-513-7586, www.shopdesertridge.com Free
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BCHS Band Winter Festival 8 a.m.–noon Boulder Creek High School 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. Anthem 623-445-5000 firstname.lastname@example.org https://bchs.band/about Free admission $10/Pancake breakfast adult; $5/Pancake breakfast child Local artisans, gift and craft vendors, musical performances from local youth, a pancake breakfast, visits with Santa, gift basket raffles and a toy drive for Salvation Army. Small ensembles of Boulder Creek band students, members of the Musical Theater of Anthem and ensembles from Rhapsody School of Music will all perform live. All proceeds support the Boulder Creek High School Band and Guard Programs.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 18– SUNDAY, DEC. 31 World of Illumination: Reindeer Road 5–10 p.m. Desert Diamond Casino 9431 W. Northern Ave., Glendale www.worldofillumination.com $39.99/vehicle
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World of Illumination's "Reindeer Road" lights up Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale Saturday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 31. A drive-through light show of over a million holiday lights set to music on a journey to Santa’s workshop.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 18 Desert Discovery Day 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area 44000 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek 602-506-2930 www.maricopacountyparks.net $3/Park entrance fee Unplug for a day and enjoy the fresh air and adventure planned by Maricopa County Parks, full of family–friendly educational activities in the desert, including interactions with native wildlife.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 18 AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews 2–5 p.m. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 480-270-5000 www.azbottlesandbrews.com $60/General admission; $85/VIP admission; $19/Designated driver Sample craft beer, spirits, wine and hard seltzers from over 25 local Arizona breweries, distilleries and others.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 18 Anthem Tree Lighting Ceremony 5 p.m. Outlets North Phoenix 4250 W. Anthem Way, Anthem 623-465-9500 www.northphoenixoutlets.com Free The public is welcome to watch as the tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree in Arizona, standing at 70-feet, is officially lit after being decorated and decked out for two weeks. Festivities include live musical performances by Reina Ley from “The Voice” and local rock group, The Damn Kids.
SAT URDAY, NOV. 18– SUNDAY, DEC. 24 ‘Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer’ Various showtimes Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix 480-921-5700 www.childsplayaz.org $15 A Childsplay presentation on the smash holiday musical hit.
Be among the first to see the new holiday decor for the 2023 season and enjoy festive activities, including a holiday show by Scottsdale Conservatory, LED drum line performance, live entertainment by Funergy, professional photos with Santa, strolling holiday characters, arts and craft activities and the first “snowfall” of the season.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2 2– SUNDAY, DEC. 31 ‘Elf’ Various showtimes The Phoenix Theatre Company 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602-254-2151, www.phoenixtheatre.com $50–$150 The Christmas comedy favorite, featuring Buddy the Elf’s shenanigans in New York City in an effort to find his true identity.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2 2– SUNDAY, JAN. 14 Zoolights 5:30–10:30 p.m. The Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix 602-286-3800, www.phoenixzoo.org $30/General admission purchase online; $25/Member admission purchase online; $35/General admission gate; $30/Member admission gate; Free/Ages 2 and under The zoo’s holiday tradition returns with nearly four million lights, brand new wildlife lanterns, the tallest floating tree in North America and a synchronized light show with original music. Plus, a s’mores station, an interactive glow garden, photos with Santa and a 200-footlong light tunnel.
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THURSDAY, NOV. 23 Anthem Turkey Trot 8:30 a.m. Anthem Community Center 41130 N. Freedom Way, Anthem 623-330-0913 www.4peaksracing.com $35–$55/5km; $45–$65/10km A family and stroller friendly walk or run event for all ages. Pricing includes finisher pedals to all participants, post-race refreshments and a Turkey Trot T-shirt.
FRIDAY, NOV. 24 Gabriel Iglesias 8 p.m. Footprint Center 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix 602-379-7800, www.ticketmaster.com $59–$89 Live stand-up comedy from the “Don’t Worry Be Fluffy” tour.
FRIDAY, NOV. 24– SAT URDAY, NOV. 25 Glendale Glitters 5–10 p.m. Glendale Civic Center 5750 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale 623-930-4300, www.glendaleaz.com Free The 30th anniversary of the annual extravagant light display in historic downtown Glendale, featuring vendors, music, candy cane trees and visits with Santa.
FRIDAY, NOV. 24– SUNDAY, NOV. 26 Fiesta Dog Show 8 a.m.–5 p.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 480-312-6815 www.fiestadogshows.com Free admission; $10/Parking
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FRIDAY, NOV. 24– SUNDAY, NOV. 26 ‘Disney’s Encanto in Concert: Live to Film’ Various showtimes The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 75 N. Second St., Phoenix 602-495-1999 www.phoenixsymphony.org $35–$115
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FRIDAY, NOV. 24– SUNDAY, DEC. 31 ‘Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold’ Various showtimes The Phoenix Theatre Company 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602-254-2151 www.phoenixtheatre.com $50–$150 A holiday comedy mystery described as “CSI: Bethlehem.”
SAT URDAY, NOV. 25 The Trilogy Tour 7 p.m. Footprint Center 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix 602-379-7800 www.ticketmaster.com $118–$594 Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Ricky Martin all perform live on stage.
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ast spring, a group of teachers at Barry Goldwater High attended a conference in San Diego which sparked the idea to create an oncampus wellness center― a space where students could come and take a short break from their stresses and recharge for a bit before carrying on with their day. With support from BGHS Principal Dr. Anita Stulc, staff and parents, plans and processes were drafted, and the group’s vision came to fruition
with the launch of the center, the first of its kind at Deer Valley Unified School District, late last school year. Unused classroom space was renovated and equipped with furniture, yoga mats, slam balls, art supplies and bookshelves with resources. Staffed by the school’s behavorial support staff, students use an online pass system for permission to drop-in, and can use the space independently, or connect with a counselor. With roughly 895 visits from students last school year, the concept has been
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Brendan Salisbury, a senior at BGHS, was recently named a recipient of the Bezos Family Foundation Scholarship which challenges students to bring change within their communities.
well received and well used since the launch, inspiring BGHS senior Brendan Salisbury’s mission to expand the concept by creating dedicated space for wellness centers at all five district high schools.
communities. Only 12 scholars were selected throughout the nation for the 2023 school year. His 4,000-word application essay describing his passion to expand the centers, earned him the scholarship.
Salisbury was recently named a recipient of the Bezos Family Foundation Scholarship, which challenges young people to address issues they are passionate about and bring change within their
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“If you want to work out you go to the gym, if you want to learn you go to a classroom, but where do you go when you’re feeling stressed out? We want to create welcoming, encouraging places that have resources for you when you’re feeling overwhelmed.” BRENDAN SALISBURY - BGHS Senior
places that have resources for you when you’re feeling overwhelmed,” Salisbury told Valley Vibe. Salisbury and his mom, a counselor at BGHS, were instrumental in helping to shape the first wellness center. “We had a small start to it and plans drawn up on paper when Brendan and Courtenay and family stepped in and really helped take it to the next level— their donations, labor, coordination of manpower really moved it forward,” said Dr. Stulc. Salisbury’s passion stems from personal experience. Growing up, he found himself ahead academically than his peers, but found it difficult to connect socially with them. He was labeled as profoundly gifted but was diagnosed with severe generalized anxiety disorder. Crediting his success today to therapy and learned coping mechanisms, along with the benefit of having a mother who is also a mental health professional,
Salisbury says he has come a long way. He also had a hand in helping establish the Bring Change to Mind mental health club at BGHS.
Salisbury knows not everyone has access to the resources that helped him so much. In fact, Arizona youth ranked 49th in the 2022 edition of Mental Health America’s annual report on the state of mental health in America. In a post-pandemic world where today’s youth struggle with higher levels of depression, suicide and PTSD than perhaps any generation before them and where social media platforms continue to play a role in the lives of today’s youth, Salisbury says “It’s necessary more than ever that they [students] have access to a place that is advertised, centralized and normalized to hopefully help them heal from whatever they are struggling with.” His project aligns with the mission of the national
nonprofit Bring Change to Mind, which he said will help create student clubs on each campus in addition to the wellness centers. He is supported by his Spanish teacher Victoria Munoz and is in the midst of getting centers set up at Sandra Day O’Connor High School, and he’s also working to partner with local organizations and businesses. Before he graduates in the spring, he hopes to have all the wellness centers up and running, and set the stage for the work to continue as a state-wide initiative. He has been invited to meet with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala
Harris to discuss his project and passion. The mission is supported by the local nonprofit Xan You Matter organization, providing resources, education and support for those battling mental illness. In addition to funds from the Bezos Scholarship, the Xan You Matter organization is hosting fundraisers to help provide funding for the wellness centers. Those interested in supporting the mission directly can also donate through the project’s GoFund Me page at www.gofundme.com/f/ support-the-arizona-highschool-wellness-centers.
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nthem Community Council, Youth for Troops and Daisy Mountain Veterans invites the public to honor, salute and support all veterans and active duty with two special events.
Saturday, Nov. 4 19th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade
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Kicking off the annual parade, the Frog X Parachute Demonstration Team jumps onto the Anthem Soccer Field No. 1 before carrying the U.S. Flag to the Daisy Mountain Fire Department Honor Guard, where it will be placed to lead out the parade, which begins with a vintage plane flyover. This year’s grand marshals honor Purple Hearts, including direct descendant recipients.
8:15–11:15 a.m. Anthem Veterans Memorial: Anthem Community Park 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. Anthem
The parade travels along Gavilan Peak Parkway from Memorial Drive north to Anthem Way, then turning east to Freedom Way, ending at the Anthem Community Center parking lot. Spectators are welcome to line up along the sidewalks and areas of the park to watch.
Anthem Veterans Day Ceremony
The annual event begins with a light breakfast and beverages sold by Tennessee Grill owner and USMC veteran, Ryan Ladiser. Surviving spouses of Vietnam War era veterans will be awarded with commemorative pins before the ceremony begins. Keynote address takes place at 10 a.m. by CWO Michael Tapp (USCG, Ret.) who served the Coast Guard for 27 years, earning numerous service medals. An Anthem resident, CWO Tapp serves as a liaison and advocate for active-duty service members with the Patriot Support Program of Universal Health Services and is volunteer president of Daisy Mountain Veterans. Highlights include live music from Musical Theater Anthem Outreach Group and Operation Song among
photomontages created by Boulder Creek High School media production students, the National Anthem performed by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Dalager and the dedication of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) America 250 Patriots Marker. At precisely 11:11 a.m., the sun’s rays will pass through the circles within each of the military branch pillars, casting a solar spotlight onto the glass mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States within the newly expanded Circle of Honor, composed of 5,400 veteran commemorative pavers. Throughout the morning, attendees can stop by the Youth for Troops tent on the south lawn to help decorate cards and boxes to be sent to troops overseas and drop off donations for holiday care packages for troops overseas. For a list for accepted donations, email Holidays@ daisymtnvets.org.
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2 I-17 & Loop 303 Arizona Department of Transportation crews are adjusting lane lines along northbound I-17 and the exit ramp to Loop 303 to create additional traffic capacity. “The restriping will mean the northbound exit lane to Loop 303
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1 Jomax Widening A widening project is set to begin on the westbound side of Jomax Road from I-17 to Norterra Parkway. Another lane is being added to the westbound side to align with the I-17 connection, according to a City of Phoenix Streets and Transportation spokesperson.
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and Sonoran Desert Drive will be extended in length, providing more room for drivers who are exiting onto the ramp. Another goal with that additional storage space is to limit how vehicles exiting to Loop 303 tend to block the northbound freeway through traffic when slowing conditions, including during the afternoon rush hour,
3 I-17 & Dove Valley Road The northbound right exit lane to the Dove Valley Road interchange is being extended farther south to help with traffic flow. 4 I-17 & Loop 101 For the southbound I-17 area approaching Loop 101, an upcoming Loop 101 widening project between I-17 and 75th Avenue, scheduled to start in 2024, will add more room where the southbound I-17 ramp connects to 51 westbound Loop 101. “That will enhance safety not only with traffic merging onto Loop 101, but also will improve the flow of traffic on the southbound off ramp. Our traffic engineering staff will look for other short term improvements to offset the challenges that come with growing traffic demands in this area,” Nintzel said.
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PICTURE PERFECT VIEWS AT BROWN’S PEAK IN FOUR PEAKS
A view toward Theodore Roosevelt Lake from Brown’s Trail
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our Peaks is a landmark that can be seen from many points in the greater Phoenix area. At an elevation of 7,659 feet, it’s the highest point in all of Maricopa County, and is often observed having snow on the peaks in the winter. The peaks are part of the Mazatzal Mountains located in the Four Peaks Wilderness area, within the Tonto National Forest. From far away, it appears like a nearly impossible place to visit, but there is actually a very manageable system of forest roads that runs a distance of about 28 miles between SR-87 and SR188, and there’s a nice hiking trail which leads to the saddle just north of Brown’s Peak—the northernmost
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peak of the four. The 1996 Lone Fire, which started near the Lone Pine saddle, consumed over 61,000 acres, and was once considered the largest wildfire in Arizona history. In 2020, the Bush Fire consumed 193,455 acres of land, severely impacting the area, making it the fifth largest wildfire in Arizona history. A recent trip to visit Four Peaks proved to be worthwhile despite the fire damage, as the land slowly heals from all the devastation. There are fantastic views along the way at that high elevation, including views of Theodore Roosevelt Lake to the east of Four Peaks. Road conditions vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions, but any capable high clearance vehicle would likely
do just fine. Note: Sections are bumpy, exhibit washboarding, or involve exposed rocky surfaces for stretches at a time. Water crossings may develop during wet seasons and snow in winter, so caution is suggested. Adventurers will discover many forest roads and trailheads to enjoy, but we visited Lone Pine trailhead off Pigeon Spring Road and hiked Brown’s Trail #133 to Brown’s Peak. The hike from Lone Pine trailhead to Brown’s Saddle is about 2.1-miles and involves a gradual ascent of about 1,100-feet. The scramble to the summit is perhaps something best left to those who research that kind of experience beforehand. The hike back is along the same path.
Four Peaks as seen in the horizon from Cline Cabin Road
Junction to Amethyst Trail #253
Looking toward Saguaro Lake from Amethyst Trail #253
Lone Pine Trailhead Pigeon Spring Road, Tonto Basin, AZ 85553 Directions From I-17 South, take AZ-101 Loop E to E Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale and onto AZ-87 N. Continue on Cline Cabin Road and take Forest Road 143 for about 18 miles to Pigeon Spring Road. Turn right and follow the road until it ends at the trailhead. The drive there is roughly 73 miles from Carefree Highway in North Phoenix.
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| REAL ESTATE PULSE
North Phoenix Real Estate Market Update BY VALLEY VIBE STAFF WRITERS firstname.lastname@example.org
nly 31 homes sold in all 10 of our tracking zones this past month—the same number as the month prior. Compared to a year ago, home sales in our neighborhoods have declined roughly 60 percent, keeping in line with national trends. Higher interest rates continue to be a challenge in today’s real estate market.
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Pending home sales slid 7.1% in August, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All four U.S. regions posted monthly losses and year-over-year declines in transactions.
“Mortgage rates have been rising above 7% since August, which has diminished the pool of home buyers," said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. "Some would-be home buyers are taking a pause and readjusting their expectations about the location and type of home to better fit their budgets.”
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The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)*—a forward– looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings—sank 7.1% to 71.8 in August. Year over year, pending transactions fell by 18.7%. An index of 100 is equal to the level of contract activity in 2001. “It's clear that increased housing inventory and better interest rates are essential to revive the housing market,” added Yun. SOURCE National Association of Realtors ®
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43712 N Acadia Way New River, AZ 602-641-5904 www.williamryanhomes.com New construction home builder in New River, AZ. Personalized Floor Plans. Quick Move-Ins Available. Dedicated Design Specialist & More!
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VALLEY WIDE SERVICE • ROC #221431 • ROC #274551 • LICENSED TO SERVICE BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL
Independent Trane Dealer
Not only are we experts in plumbing and air conditioning, we are your neighbors. As residents of North Phoenix, we bring over 30 years of experience with 17 years in business and a neighborly approach to service. We recognize that nobody likes to have air-conditioning/
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623-582-1117 2222 W Parkside Ln, Ste 121 | Phoenix, AZ 85027
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